author |ˈôTHər|(abbr.: auth. )
a writer of a book, article, or report: he is the author of several books on the subject.
• someone who writes books as a profession: my favourite authors are Kurt Vonnegut and Aldous Huxley.
• the writings of such a person: I had to read authors I disliked.
• an originator or creator of something, esp. a plan or idea: the authors of the peace plan.
verb [ with obj. ]
be the author of (a book or piece of writing): she has authored several articles on wildlife.
• be the originator of; create: the concept has been authored largely by insurance companies.
You may well wonder why I’m starting my grumble today with a dictionary definition. It is due to my dismay at the number of social media profiles that are popping up like daises in spring on my timelines that start with this new classic abomination.
‘An Author of Books’
Is this the dumbed down CNN version designed to be understood by four year olds? Or is it the confused mind of those who think they will be mistaken for the above mentioned author of a peace plan? Or perhaps there is a concern that classifying oneself as simply an author may be misconstrued and people might confuse this appendage as possibly meaning an author of insurance policies.
While it could be argued that there are one or two rarely used meanings of this noun, one could safely assume that 99.99% of rational human beings understand what an author does. An author writes books.
I don’t see other worthwhile professionals announcing to the world that the are a ‘Plumber of Pipes’, ‘Carpenter of Wood’, Banker of Money’ or ‘Manager of People’.
But for those who believe the world is full of dunderheads who can’t figure out what an author does and insist on adding this ‘of books’ appendage to their title of an author, why not at least try to be a bit more descriptive. More information would really help us know who you really are and what you really do. So what about trying these helpful suggestions.
‘Author of really awful books full of very bad usage of English nouns.’
‘Author of what I think are books, but I’m not sure because I’ve only just started learning writting.’
‘Author of those things, you know, things with covers and pages.’
‘Author of stuff that goes into ebooks of Kindle.’
‘Author of books. One day. When I learn to write proper like.’
‘Author of books who has never opened a dictionary, consulted a grammar reference book or ever heard of a Style Guide.’
This malicious writing was written by a writer, who writes.